The DKUK’s sole purpose is to further trade, friendship and cultural links between the UK and Denmark
We are a ‘forening’ a Danish word that best translates as Association or Fellowship – meaning the more you put in the more you get out. Whether that’s attendance at our varied business, social, sporting or cultural events, furthering connections within the network or simply using our website to interact over the latest news, offers and updates, we’re about what works for you.
The Danish-UK Association is proud to have as our patron HM Queen Margarethe II of Denmark. Royal patronage has been an important feature for the Danish-UK community and it is something all our members value greatly.
Founded in January 2018, building on a legacy started in 1863
Created through a merger of the Danish Club in London and The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, the Danish-UK Association is a vibrant and flourishing space for all things business, social and cultural between the UK and Denmark.
The Danish Club in London was founded on 12thDecember 1863 and has an impressive history as the oldest foreign club in London and the oldest Danish Club outside Denmark. The Club was granted Royal Patronage by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark who has visited the Club on several occasions.
The Club’s first members originally met at the Morland Hotel in Soho. In 1918 the Club secured its own premises in Albany Courtyard, but moved to 62 Knightsbridge in 1922. This remained the Club’s address until 1998 when the lease expired. In the following years the Club has been resident at various clubs, including The Arts Club, The St. Stephens Club, The Naval Club and at Club Quarters by Trafalgar Square.
The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce was founded on 23rdAugust 1989 by prominent business people and the then Danish Ambassador in London and was set up to enhance the Anglo-Danish marketplace through networking.
Over the years many prominent people have visited the 2 organisations, including fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, the poet Holger Drachman, the literary critic Georg Brandes, the opera singer Lauritz Melchior, the scientist Niels Bohr, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, many Danish Prime Ministers, politicians, industrialists, and a number of members of the Royal family.
We were two independent organisations with different offerings, but also with a great deal of overlap. Rather than competing, we agreed to pool our resources, creating even more value in those common areas, and using the strengths we jointly represented to expand even further. In 2017, at two separate Extra Ordinary General meetings, the respective members of the two organisation voted unanimously in favour of the merger.
The new organisation was created 22ndDecember 2017, FORENINGEN KONGERIGET DANMARK & DET FORENEDE KONGERIGE, THE DANISH CLUB, THE DANISH-UK ASSOCIATION – commonly known as The Danish-UK Association or DKUK.
Translated into English this rather long name is The Association of the Kingdom of Denmark and the United Kingdom, wanting to recognise all interests and networks from these Kingdoms including autonomous constituents like The Faroe Islands and Greenland.
DKUK is a “forening” – a Danish word best translated as an association/fellowship – owned and driven by the members, underpinned by a full-time secretariat supporting its volunteers. The purpose of the new set-up is to be the lynchpin for business and trade as well as for the cultural and social relations of the UK-Danish community in the UK, and to continuously develop these relations for the benefit of the membership. In other words – make the pie bigger, for the benefit of all, private as well as corporate members.
Our preferred charity
Why The Eve Appeal is the Preferred Charity of the Danish-UK Association.
In 1985 a young Dane, Lone Strøyberg, arrived in London, and in 1989 became the first Managing Director of The Danish UK Chamber of Commerce (DUCC). With her ability, charm, humour and her hard work ethic, she was a vital member of the team that set up the Chamber and was crucial to its success in its early years.
Lone, who was married to Peter Vagn-Jensen, was sadly diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996. In that year, Peter, in collaboration with Professor Ian Jacobs, began to work to fund research and raise awareness to improve the outcome for women with this disease. By 2002 the charity, founded originally by Professor Jacobs, had become known as the Eve Appeal.
Sadly, Lone died from the disease in 2003, but Professor Jacobs and Peter continued their work for the Eve Appeal, more passionately than ever, and the charity continues its excellent work to this day, funding research and raising awareness into the five gynaecological cancers. We at the Danish UK Association are very proud to support this great cause.
The Eve Appeal is a fellow member of the Association.
I am very grateful and cannot thank DUCC – and especially Gunnar Larsen – enough for the help and responsiveness I have received. Without that part of my network, The Networking Book would never have been taken on by LID Publishing, would never have made it to the top of the British bestseller list and would never have been published worldwide. And without DUCC – LID Publishing and I would never have had a fantastic book launch at Fritz Hansen’s show room on 15 September. DUCC is the epitome of successful networking and belongs to the absolute elite of Britain because their network includes strong brands with active members who go for growth and want to help each other. But a network does not work automatically. It takes very strong facilitators and passionate characters to make a success – and that is where Gunnar, Jan and Maike are in a league of their ownSimone Lemming-Andersen
A structure has been setup embracing our range of memberships and interests. Governed by a Board of Directors representing broad aspects of the membership, the Association employs an experienced team who undertake the daily operation and, in the true spirit of the Danish word “forening”, liaise and engage the membership in a varied programme of activities.